P1010101A terrapin was found – having been “chucked away like litter” in Newport – prompting an urgent search for information.

RSPCA Cymru attended after a passer-by found the animal in a cardboard box on a pathway, off Barrack Hill, on Saturday (5 August).

The terrapin – who remains in RSPCA care – was given a veterinary examination, and is thought to be struggling with Vitamin A deficiency.

Anyone with information concerning how the terrapin came to be left abandoned in a box in this way is urged to contact the RSPCA. The charity’s inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018; with all calls treated in confidence.

The RSPCA says the terrapin’s plight is a timely reminder as to the challenge faced in caring for exotic species of pets – with “responsible owners” needing to understand the “complex needs” of animals they take on.

Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector, said: “RSPCA Cymru rescued this terrapin, after the shock discovery was made by a passer-by in Newport on Saturday. It appears that this poor thing was chucked away like litter.

 “Unfortunately, the terrapin is thought to have Vitamin A deficiency, and remains in our care.

“Should anyone have any information about how this poor terrapin came to be dumped on a pathway, off Barrack Hill, they are urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls to this number are treated in confidence.

“Exotic pets can be very challenging to look after.

“We cannot speculate as to why this terrapin was dumped, but this incident acts as a timely reminder that responsible owners must always understand the complex needs which exotic pets can have.”

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